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Lawsuits Filed Against Students Illegally Pirating Copyrighted Materials Jan. 12
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ATTENTION STUDENTS!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL COMPUTER USERS

Please be aware that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has begun to file lawsuits against individuals that they allege are illegally copying materials protected by federal law. Additionally, they have begun a campaign to obtain the names of individuals who make such copies. As a reminder about individual responsibilities and the rules and policies concerning copying and use of materials belonging to others, the University provides this notice and the following to all computer users.

All students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities. The Student Code of Conduct can be reviewed and printed by clicking on the link.

Specifically, all students should be aware of the following information pertaining to the use of University of Akron computers and informational resources.

EXAMPLES OF MISUSE OF UNIVERSITY COMPUTER AND INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

1. Harassment or violating the privacy of others.

2. Destruction or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the University or others.

3. Disruption or performing unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications.

4. Violating computer system security.

5. Use, without authority, of computer accounts or access codes.

6. Use of computing facilities for purposes unrelated to the mission of the University.

7. Violating copyrights and software license agreements.

8. Sharing music and movie files. The U.S. government, through the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other laws has made it ILLEGAL to acquire or distribute unlicensed copies of copyrighted materials. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND MONETARY FINES.

9. Academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism, and scientific misconduct.

10. Violating applicable University policies, including but not limited to sexual harassment, student disciplinary procedures, access and use of computing, networking, telephone, and information resources, etc.

11. Committing crimes or prohibited acts. [Note: Illegal acts involving The University of Akron informational resources facilities may also be subject to prosecution by state and federal authorities].

MISUSE OF UNIVERSITY COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER NETWORK IS A VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS LISTED UNDER THE "DEFINITIONS OF MISCONDUCT" SECTION OF THE CODE MAY APPLY TO CASES OF STUDENT MISCONDUCT:

G. Theft, malicious destruction, damage or injury to property not his own.

H. Appropriating for his own use property not his own without the consent of the owner or person responsible for it.

M. Offenses defined as felonies or misdemeanors under the Revised Code of the State of Ohio and ordinances of the City of Akron.

Q. Unauthorized copying of an assignment in computer programming; unauthorized examination or view of the computer accounts for unauthorized purposes, unauthorized use of an individual’s identification or university password or university computer in violation of rules 3359-11-09 and 3359-11-10 of the Administrative Code, engaging in disruptive, mischievous behavior on the computer; or any other wrongful use of a computer.

CONSEQUENCES OF MISUSE OF UNIVERSITY COMPUTERS AND INFORMATONAL RESOURCES

The University of Akron shall have the authority to take the following action concerning privileges for violations of access and use standards:

1. Warn users of violations (transmitted electronically or in writing to the user).

2. Temporarily deny access or suspend usage, based on seriousness of the violation or recurrent violations of other prohibited access and use standards.

3. Deny access or suspend privileges for a definite time.

4. Terminate access and privileges for an indefinite time.

5. Violators are subject to being arrested by the UAPD, criminal prosecution and large monetary fines.

6. Serious incidents of misconduct may result in disciplinary suspension or dismissal.

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. For more information about the University rules and regulations
http://www.uakron.edu/ogc/rules/index.php

2. Copyright information provided by The University of Akron Office of General Counsel
http://www.uakron.edu/ogc/PreventiveLaw/copyright.php

3. Information from the recording industry
http://www.musicunited.org/
http://www.riaa.org/
http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-1019184.html

4. Warning from the Federal Trade Commission
http://news.com.com/2102-1029_3-5057814.html?tag=ni_print

5. Information about lawsuits filed by the RIAA against college students
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2917779.stm
http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,58351,00.html


Contact Information:
Margaret Lazzerini
osd@uakron.edu
330-972-7021
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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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